Protesters brace for confrontation with police at upcoming NATO summit in Chicago
The battle drums can already be heard in Chicago, as police and protestors plan for the NATO summit later this month.
"War is going to break out on the streets," one demonstrator excitedly told Fox News. “Big plans are being made.”
It's anyone's guess whether such bluster is mere pre-protest posturing or the prelude to a serious confrontation. But Chicago is shaping up this
month as the latest focal point in the debate over economic policy and the movement known as Occupy.
Chicago initially was to host the G-8 meeting, as well, but it was moved for security reasons to the presidential retreat at Camp David, which poses
fewer logistical hurdles than a city of three million people.
As for the NATO summit, it's only scheduled for two days, May 20 and 21, but dignitaries will begin arriving in Chicago days earlier, as the city
prepares by closing roads and some buildings.
Big-name protestors, like the Rev. Jesse Jackson and 1960s radical Bill Ayers, are expected to be among the demonstrators.
In order to prepare for police confrontation, training sessions are being held for protestors around the city, which include educating dissenters on
“non-violent direct action,” said Zoe Sigman, of Occupy Chicago.
At a press conference Thursday, held in a grungy building in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood, a group of mostly white 20-somethings lined up to take
their turns speaking to the media about their various causes for protest, which include war, poverty, health care and jobs.
“Welcome to the Chicago spring!” said a smiling Sigman, apparently making reference to the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East.
Occupy Chicago is not obtaining the permits that the city required to protest because “its our right to walk down any street," member Rachael
Perrotta said. “We’re bringing in people from all over the country, so expect huge crowds and huge crowds will happen.”
So this sounds vaguely frightening and either A) the media is spinning this to sound as though the protestors want blood and are immoral and dont
deserve to be able to protest, B) tptb are setting things up to destroy all protests and label it as a terrorist act, C) People are actually ready to
stand up to the powers. Any way you look at it the results of this summit are not looking good. I am expecting major changes to occur this day and I
dont think the world will look the same afterward